NEWTOWN, Conn. – By capturing six medals at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, USA Shooting equaled its best performance since the 1964 Tokyo Olympics—an achievement that NSSF®, the trade association for the firearm industry, is proudly celebrating in a full page ad in tomorrow’s edition of USA Today.
“We are extremely proud of the eight USA Shooting athletes who combined to win six medals against the stiffest competition in the world,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF’s President and CEO. “The USA Shooting team members are superbly skilled and well-conditioned athletes, but we want everyone to know that the shooting sports can be enjoyed by everybody.”
The ad is headlined “Congratulations to the USA Shooting Team—You’ve Made Us Proud!
Highlighted are gold medal winners William Shaner in men’s air rifle, Amber English in women’s skeet and Vincent Hancock in men’s skeet; silver medalists Kayle Browning in women’s trap and the duo of Mary Tucker and Lucas Kozeniesky in mixed team air rifle; and bronze medalists Maddy Bernau and Brian Burrows in mixed team trap.
“Our athletes emerged from the yearlong postponement and COVID lockdowns stronger than ever. Looking past the six medals won in Tokyo, we are also celebrating an additional seven top 10 finishes. We couldn’t be more excited about the future of USA Shooting and our National Team,” said Matt Suggs, CEO of USA Shooting.
Bartozzi noted that the shooting sports are safe, fun activities enjoyed by more than 56 million Americans. Opportunities to give target shooting a try are provided through shooting ranges and firearm retailers throughout the country.
The ad highlights that August is National Shooting Sports Month®. This appreciation month was developed by NSSF to encourage target shooters to head out to their local shooting range for a day of fun and to invite a newcomer to come along to take their first shots. To learn more about National Shooting Sports Month and to find where to go target shooting, visit letsgoshooting.org.
The NSSF ad also notes that NSSF provides Real Solutions® for firearm safety and responsibility in communities across America. Learn more at nssfrealsolutions.org.
NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.